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>> glenn: i know i scared you today with the wolves and the pigs and the old man sweater. tomorrow i'm going to introduce you to dr. mcphee. check out the spooky door and a conversation i had at home with experts at do it now. goodbye, neighbor. >> bret: exposed fuel rod, leaking radiation and frayed nerves. the latest from japan. how is the radiation in that country now different from what you absorb every day? and they put the squeeze on pro-democracy demonstrators and a look at where the obama administration stands. live from the studio in washington. this is "special report." i'm bret baier. the news from japan continues to be mostly bad. but there was a positive note today, as the owner of the crippled nuclear plant says the new power line is almost done that will enable the restart of electric powered pumps and possibly a solution to the overheating crisis.
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elevated radiation levels have been detected outside the 20-mile emergency perimeter. the head of the u.s. nuclear agency says there is no more water in the spent fuel pool at the reactor plant. greg palkot is live in teak owe where it's just -- tokyo where it's just after 7:00 in the morning. good morning, greg. what does this mean? >> hey, bret. it's actually pretty serious. in fact, one of the worst case scenarios that have been bandied about. if true, the rods could get hotter and hotter and meltdown and shower radiation over a broad area. it must be said the japanese authorities are denying the report. but just one of several challenges that the authorities have been dealing with, in the last 24 hours. the problems with the stricken fukushima nuclear complex in northeastern japan change by the hour. on wednesday, a new fire ignited at one reactor and
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radioactive steam burst from another. it prompted remaining workers to be yanked and more residents to flee the area. >> if the fuel rods are exposed the radiation material inside the container could seep out. >> it's also causing the people of tokyo 140 miles away to get very nervous. >> this is tokyo and normally the sidewalk would be packed with people but fears over possible nuclear catastrophe are keeping a lot of people off the streets. >> snarled with traffic looked like a sunday. warnings by the government to stay inside due to radiation risks are being heeded. "i am worried about my health, my life and the radioactivity," this woman says. "that's why i'm wearing a mask." supplies are leaving food store shelves empty. this man says people are buying the food and conserving it for what might be coming. long lines are forming at all gas stations.
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families need gas for their day-to-day life, he remarks, "but also for any disaster." probably not reassuring, a rare tv appearance from japanese emperor. "i'm deeply concerned," he observed, "because the situation is so unpredictable." also concerned and not waiting around, foreigners they jammed tokyo airports trying to get the next flight out. hanging in, though, are rescue workers from the u.s. and elsewhere, helping to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that started this. the new official death toll is nearly 4,300, and that is expected to rise. number of those missing are now listed close to 8,200. the nuclear crisis tends to overshadow the humanitarian challenge following the earthquake and the tsunami. but for the folks heading out at this airport and another, outside of tokyo, they just have one thing in mind right now. getting out of dodge. back to you. >> bret: greg palkot live
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thursday morning in tokyo. chinese officials today said they will hold off on approving new nuclear plants to allow for safety revisions. france is ordering an investigation into its nuclear industry. the european union is already pushing for stress test on the continent reactors. all of these decisions are based on information and data that few of us really understand. correspondent doug mckelway breaks it down. >> everyone thinks i'm a nut bag being worried about this. >> run on iodine pills. even the surgeon general would not dismiss the buying panic. >> the thing is to be prepared. you can't blame people for wanting to be concern. >> is the fear legitimate? when exposed to radiation, distance if the source and time of exposure means everything. >> you could go into a high-dose area for limited time but you can't go in prolonged for long period of time. >> there is a 50-mile
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exclusion zone around the site and thousands have been evacuated around fukushima. but research about radiation poisoning is still in its infancy. most research comes from the atom bomb attacks in japan in 1945 and recently from the accident in chernobyl in 1986, where wide-spread contamination caused few casualties from the 600,000 exposed. >> the world health organization estimates 4,000. the sun kills 8,000 miles per hours alone per -- 8,000 americans alone per melanoma. >> it's measured in sieverts in your home you receive average dose of .0036 sieverts per year, unless you live at a higher altitude where you receive .0050 sieverts. flight crews in the northern latitude receive .0058 sieverts per year. the maximum allowed for nuclear workers is .05 sieverts. 4.0 sieverts is acknowledged to be a standard that would kill 50% of exposed population in 30 days.
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but many brain cancer patients are voluntarily subjected to more than 100 times that radiation and they survive. some people are at greater risk than others, especially children and knows immunosuppressed. it's not unlike sun burn. four days hours in the midday florida sun would result in a bad burn but four-hour exposure spread out over a month's time results in no burn in washington, doug mckelway, fox news. >> bret: soldiers and riot police dispelled hundreds of protesters from bahrain capital today. the monarchy is held from the saudi troops there was a crackdown on protesters in yemen. tonight, white house correspondent mike emanuel looks at what the administration is and is not doing on attacks on the prodemocracy advocates. >> violence on the street of bahrain left five dead. according to witnesses, soldiers and riot police used tear gas and armored vehicle to expel hundreds of protestsers to square in the
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capital in this video, a man appears to be shot at point blank range by security forces. it's unclear if rubble bullets or other deadly force was used. the monarchy is the middle east ally where the fleet is big. president obama called king abdullah to urge maximum restraint. >> secretary clinton criticized bahrain's response to protest. >> it's fair to say from everything we are seeing that the situation in bahrain is alarming. there is no way to resolve the concern of the people through the use of excessive force or security crackdowns. >> one expert says the nightmare scenario for the u.s. is bahrain or saudi forces assisting kill hundreds of protesters as preserving their monarchys become job one. >> that is a scenario that is gradually unfolding in
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bahrain. and that is clearly unacceptable scenario for the united states in terms of all values and the conflict that that is coming in to play with the interest in the region in buffing the iranians influence in the region. >> keen is concerned the u.s. may not be addressing the broader sectarian struggle with the saudis on the side of the monarchy and iranians backing the shia protester. >> the big picture concern in the middle east has to be the strategic enemy are iranians trying to achieve. >> shia protesters have taken to the street in lebanon supporting people over the monarch. the iran president is trying to sound like the voice of region. >> translator: it's graceless, inhumane and unacceptable to respond to people with guns, machine guns, cannons and tanks. >> reporter: because the u.s. navy presence there is close to the disruption there in bahrain, experts say the
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stakes are higherren if the united states than they are in other hot spots such as libya. bret? >> bret: mike, thank you. antigovernment forces in libya are lashing out at the west for failing to come to their aid. some worry that even if a no-fly zone is approved, it could be too little, too late. we get an update from the senior correspondent rick leventhal on muammar gaddafi's push to root out the opposition. >> opposition forces in libya are losing ground by the day. so far, the rebels seem determined to keep up the fight. muammar gaddafi's army has been pounding the strategic city with artillery, tanks and airstrikes. they are calling on rebels to sur render their weapons. according to some sources gaddafi's troops are now pushing toward benghazi and the de facto headquarters of the resistance. one of gaddafi's son says the city is about to fall and "everything will be over in 48 hours." >> we are angry about the
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americans. >> reporter: many here say they can't understand the lack of interactional help, especially from the u.s. >> if the americans want to support us, support us now. not tomorrow. gaddafi kill the people and the chirp and the women and all the people and we know america will support us. they are waiting. waiting for gaddafi -- [ inaudible ] when will they support us? when he kills us? >> reporter: rebels claim one victory with the says sure of the oil tanker. anwar africa headed to tripoli with 25,000 tons of fuel when 15 men on two boats stopped the shift 180 miles off store and boarded it and took it where the fuel was being offloaded saying it is going to the people now, not gaddafi's army. bret, as we hear gunfire on the horizon, we are hearing urgent now that libyan army set midnight deadline for
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residents of benghazi to exit the city ahead of a cleansing operation. gaddafi's regime now warning the residents that there is a midnight deadline warning them of a cleansing operation to come. >> bret: you spent time with the operation. is there a sense in that group that they are losing this battle and they may lose a lot of the cities in the east? audio problem there connecting with rick. rick, thank you. live in libya tonight. secretary of state clin top made unscheduled stop today. she waded in crowds at the heart of the egyptian uprising and clinton called the resolve that removed president mubarak from power one of the most historic turning point in the middle east. what do general david petraeus and charlie sheen have in common? a lot according to one
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>> bret: if you think food prices are getting really high really quickly, you're rite. they shot up last month at the highest rate in 37 years. james rosen tells us why and possibly where they're headed. >> new figures showed food prices shot up by 3.9% last month, the largest monthly spike since gerald ford was president. prime factors included surges in the cost of vegetables almost 50% and meat and dairy products. driving up food cost with surging in energy prices, specifically gas prices which rose by almost 4%. >> when it comes to foot market increases we have across the board impact there are a billion people
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living below the extreme poverty line. food prices are an important factor which push more people into poverty. >> last month, the world bank noted sharp increases in global prices for wheat, maze, and sugar. smaller rise in price of rice in 2010, the food price index surged 15% nearly hitting the peak reached in june 2008. that saw food rise in sexy and latin america. >> in the case of wheat, we have stock up to 177 million metric tons over 50 million metric tons more than in 2007 and 2008. >> japan's chief agricultural export is rice and it could effect the supply, they expect the trouble to result in lower oil prices temporarily as
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citizens in the third largest economy consume less gasoline and electricity. >> the output will probably decline. so you will see a softening of demand from that perspective. >> economists urge president obama not to overreact to rise in food prices by export bands on the u.s. agricultural projects or other obstructions on the market. >> bret: stocks took a knows dye today. dow lost 242. the s&p 500 gave back 25. the nasdaq dropped 50.5. housing starts plunged 22.5. second lowest level on record. oil prices were up. april crude rose 80 cents.
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gas prices went down a fraction of a penny overnight. the current national average is $3.55 a gallon. president obama today was supposed to receive an award for transparency in government but it was pushed back. meanwhile, a new study raises questions about how clear the transparency situation is. wendell goler looks at whether the things are different under a president who promised unprecedented access. >> aides say a full schedule forced the president to postpone ceremony where he was to be honored for transparency in government at the last minute, which is just as well for critics who say he hasn't earned the award anyway. >> maybe they hope this will encourage him to grant more and not less request than the predecessor. where the administration has been more secretive, not less secretive. >> reporter: the eight-piece study says the number of freedom of information request was up but the administration
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took action on fewer cases and a number of federal agencies took longer to provide records. one of the george washington university researchers honoring the president said 49 of 90 federal agencies are meeting their target. but the study author said he set a direction that deserve praise and recognition. we were going to use the occasion to say we've got to work on that gap. the white house says only 13 agencies met targets before and the standard that mr. obama set is high than the predecessor. >> it's because of his commitment to the issue of openness and transparency that he is receiving this award. and he will continue to be committed to it. >> reporter: the white house criticism goes beyond freedom of information request. meetings with lobbyists have been held across pennsylvania avenue where the visits aren't logged by the secret service. officials say the ips is lack of space. space is the issue with the oval office, too. where coverage of the transparency award ceremony would have been limited to a pool of reporters and
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photographers for a limited period of time. vice president biden has meetings with transparency officials that are closed to the press. ann weissman says the disappointment crosses party lines. >> all organizations like ours and those on the right are having the same experience. the requests are not being processed in time. we're not getting greater access than we had in the past. >> tom blan top says he is willing to reward the president for job not yet done because it's like turning more than just a super tanker, it's more like turning an entire fleet. wendell goler, fox news. >> bret: still ahead, a system that could warn millions of impending earthquake. up next, how a c.i.a. contractor was finally released from a pakistani jail. [ female announcer ] it's lobsterfest.
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>> bret: the u.s. expanded the role in the mexican drug war and the u.s. says it's allowing them to fly drone over the territory to gather intelligence for mexican law enforcement. the c.i.a. contractor held for killing two pakistani men is free tonight. the seven-week diplomatic standoff ended with money changing hands. haiti haiti tells us how much and who got it. >> reporter: c.i.a. contractor ray davis was released today and he's safely exited pakistan after so-called blood money payment made in accordance with shiria law. it included declaration of forgiveness of the relatives of the two men he shot and killed in january. there are reports that the victims' family received $700,000 to $1 million a piece. he was arrested january 27 after shooting two pakistani
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men at traffic like in la hor. the pakistanis said it was murder and took him into custody and threatened to prosecute him. at ever at fishes is whether he qualified for diplomatic immunity. officials said he had the paperwork but pakistanis said he didn't reach the standard due to technicality there were no promises to curtail u.s. operations or identify the agency personnel. they characterized the episode as damaging. >> the trust certainly has been violated here. unless there is a lot of members of congress and raised important questions about should we continue the level of support and assistance to pakistan, those are things we have to work through. but we have to have the pakistanis come to the table.
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reearn trust of the people of the united states. >> the partners in pakistan has had a strong relationship adding a sign of a healthy relationship when both parties work through a thorny issue. >> thank you. >> bret: boxing legend muhammad ali is asking iran to release two american hikers. he's the most prominent american muslim and he wrote to itoia khomeini for asking for mercy -- ayatollah khomeini asking for mercy. nasa astronaut scott kelly and two russians landed in central kazakhstan today after five months on the international space station. scott kelly is the twin brother of mark kelly, the husband of congresswoman gabrielle giffords and commander of the final space shuttle flight, kelly is, set to launch next month. some folks are having a good time with your tax dollars.
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the disturbing explanation next in grapevine. we tell you who compared general petraeus to charlie sheen and why.
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>> bret: now the political grapevine. million of your tax dollars spent on illegal medicare reimbursement for viagra and
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other erectile dysfunction drugs. government audit shows medicare paid $3.1 million in 2007 and 2008 and undetermined amount in last two years. med kir's administrators blame the error on a software glitch. saying they will try to recoup the money. government accountability office shows medicare and medicaid made $70 billion of improper payments in 2010 and designated those agencies key to implementing the healthcare law as high risk for fraud, waste and abuse. california congresswoman woolsey referenceed charlie sheen when discussing the afghanistan war and general david petraeus. on the house floor, woolsey used assessment she contributed to rolling stone contributing editor michael hastings. >> he said general petraeus is giving us the charlie sheen counterinsurgency strategy
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which is to give exclusive access to major network and keep saying we're winning and hope the public agrees with you. >> bret: they say "comparing a man who dedicated his life to security to a drug-ed aaled celebrity in full meltdown is par for the course for progressives the last few years." minnesota viking running back adrian peterson is comparing n.f.l. owners treatment of players in the ongoing labor dispute to slavery. he told yahoo sports "the players are getting robbed. it's modern-day slavery, you know. people kind of laugh at that, but there are people who work regular jobs that get treated the same way, too." peter isson is set to make $10 million this year. some of his peers tried to distance themselveses from the comment. green bay ryan grant tweeted "there is unfortunately actually still slavery existing in our world, literal, mod earn-day
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slavery." one of the proposed cuts could prevent californians from receiving warning about devastating earthquake. dan springer reports there is technology to do that and it worked last week in japan. >> reporter: ten seconds before the earth shook in northeastern japan, the hardest hit area, an earthquake warning was sent to people in tokyo. they received one-minute warping on the cell phone. the first major test of japan early warning system. despite devastation that followed, seismologist say it worked. >> they have been working on this in california, hundred of sensors are stationed along the earthquake fault. after spending four years and several million dollars on research and equipment, it appears the funding is about to dry up. president obama 2012 budget calls for a $5 million cut to
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earthquake programs and no money for the warning system. >> we have preliminary notification earthquake is underway. >> a major setback for seismologist at the gulf coast they say every second of warning can make a difference. trains can be slowed, manufacturerring can be halted and it can give people valuable time to duck and cover. but there are limitations and warnings are only as good as the public ability to respond. >> if people panic and react with emotion rather than well-trained procedures, they are tested and going to reduce loss of life and increase safety, it could make things worse. >> japan's readiness is the best in the worldment seismologists say most of the death and destruction was caused by the tsunami, not ground shaking. >> seismologists say it will
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cost $80 million to implement early warning system along the west coast and despite the funding being on shaky ground, they remain hopeful as we learn more about how it worked in japan, politicians politiciae more inclined to pay for it here. in seattle, dan springer, fox news. >> bret: the head of the-up nuclear agency says he wants to go to japan on thursday. he says he hopes to come back with firsthand information on the situation. and improve communication with japanese officials. the japanese government say 100 countries offered to help in recovery effort. you can see it on the sister company sky news. don't forget the weekly online show after "special report" tonight at 7:00 eastern. general david petraeus revealed a secret today. the commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan answered a question at a congressional hearing about how much longer american troops will have to fight in that war.
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>> i won't be at this table in 2015 but my son is in uniform and lieutenant petraeus completed a tour in afghanistan which thankfully we were able to keep quiet and redeployed in november. after serving as a platoon leader. we're proud of what he did. he thinks he was doing something important. >> the second lieutenant steven petraeus served in afghanistan as member of 173rd airborne brigade combat team. we talk about what the administration is and is not doing in the situation in bahrain and the rest of that legion. the fox all-stars join me after the break. what can you do with plain mashed potatoes? when you pour chunky beef with country vegetable soup over it, you can do dinner. 4 minutes, around 4 bucks. campbell's chunky. it's amazing what soup can do.™
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government today as we have been for the last period of time. and our message is consistent and strong. there has to be political negotiations that lead to political resolution. we have urged all the parties including the gulf countries to pursue a political resolution. >> bret: secretary clinton talking about the situation in bahrain. violence on the streets today left five dead as the monarchy there is trying to put down the protests, with the help of saudi forces. ma your i can is ally with the u.s. what about this as it continues to develop? the panel, steve hayes writer for "weekly standard." power, columnist of -- kirsten power, "new york post" and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. steve, we have seen it before. today, president obama called the king in bahrain and called the king to urge maximum restraint according to thous
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and political dialogue. you have heard the statements about various countrys. >> we have. >> what is interesting is very few of the countrys responded to the u.s. request because people don't fear the united states they're not listening to us. the saudis sending in 1200 of their troops sent a strong signal they no longer see the united states as the guarantor of their security. this is why the saudis are doing what they are doing. for years we have had what was certainly a corrupt security for oil bargain with the saudis. in exchange for that. the saudis listen to us. and we guaranteed that we would help protect them. the saudis are concerned that iran is winning throughout the re japan and gaining the upper hand. they worry about it in bahrain. >> bret: this is often the case in diplomatic situations. this is a values versus u.s. interests. our values abroad embattled
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bahrain. what does the administration do? >> they are doing all they can do. we don't have control over the countries there is not a lot you can do than what president obama is done. he has been in contact with the king of saudi arabia, been in contact with the king of bahrain. he's told you, you shouldn't use force against them. but the end of the day, they're going to act in their interest. the idea we can somehow make them do something because we want them to do it, i just think is up realistic. >> what they see as their interest, can't we? >> we have to say look, we're in a country. we're in afghanistan with our troops and we can't change the dynamic. this idea that we can somehow make things happen in the middle east, i'm still amazed to hear people making that argument. they have their own interest. >> bret: charles? >> we could have changed the course of the libyan war had
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we acted decisively early. we can influence events but in a certain limited way in bahrain, the problem is this. we have an interest in seeing some stability the maintenance of our ankrage fleet. but there is a question of the values here. and that is you always have to ask yourself when there is a revolutionary situation what comes next? if it's not as in egypt, the chance of a better life, decent life, open system and democracy, there is a reasonable chance of it happening in egypt. then you go with the people in the street. we don't foe what is going to happen in bahrain. the problem is this. iran claims it, as its own territory. the same way that iraq under saddam claimed kuwait. the revolution is shiite in some way affiliated with or have an affinity with the iranis there is a lot of irani influence on the ground. what this would mean would be
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a radical shift, not only of strategic relations but if it's influence of shiite influence to take over you won't have a democracy. >> bret: charles, saudi arabia and bahrain are different from iran but similar in one respect. when it comes to protecting the monarchy and the leadership, that is job one. if it comes to the point they mow down hundreds of people in the streets, then what? >> well, we have to hope it doesn't happen. the reason that it might happen is because of saudis and bahrainis, this is everything. it's not just an interest. it's do stennial. if they're -- exso stennial. they foe what their interest is. life and continue wation in power -- continue wation in power because the alternative is unpleasant.
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but if you have people backed by ty rarny that is worse it's a difficult choice. >> i want to play is a sound bite from secretary clinton about libya. >> we're very aware of the actions of the gaddafi regime. we deeply regret his callous disregard of human life and his absolute willingness to slaughter his own people. but a lot can be done if we reach international agreement on what can be done. >> bret: steve, international agreement. the u.n. is still working on the flo-fly zone. rick leventhal, the correspondent on the ground with the opposition leader said they're saying where has it been? could it be too little too late at this point? >> this is the main concern. no fly zone made a lot of sense three weeks ago. it makes potentially less sense now because it's likely
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we have to get more involved on a deeper level, which we may or may not want to do. we reported a half hour ago that gaddafi is basically said he is going to go in and cleanse bengazi tonight. the home of the opposition. what is happening the president of the united states is giving a speech at democratic party fundraiser and the secretary of state is talking about an international consensus. to the extent there is an international consensus right now, it's moving in the direction of doing something. so there may be an international consensus in the coming days. it just won't be with the united states and passivity. >> bret: how would this be perceived if for administration and the world if this goes gaddafi's way? >> well, the administration their view is that a no-fly zone would be insufficient to stop gaddafi. they don't think that it has to be, it does have to be an international community responding in some other way with broader response than just the no fly zone.
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>> bret: short of military action. >> with the no-fly zone, what happens if it doesn't stop him? then people have to say you send troops in and then we send ground troops in. what happens if they shoot down one of our planes? there are things people aren't thinking through. >> bret: i think we're thinking through. we had no-fly zone in iraq. >> we have two wars and we're not sending people to third country. >> last word. >> it's a question of timing. three weeks ago grounding the airplanes when they were on a move to tripoli it might have been a move or decisive. today, stopping the air flow for gaddafi will do nothing. it's all artillery and it won't make any difference at all. if you commit yourself to date to that, we are committing ourselves to ground forces to save the rebels. nobody is going to do that. >> bret: up next,
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transparency and the obama administration. tonight's poll question, which president has or had the most transparent white house? cast your vote at results and our discussion after the break. ever seen anhing like it? me neither. it's beneful incredibites. it's just the way you like it-- with carbohydrates for energy and protein for muscles. [ woman announcing ] beneful incredibites. another healthful, flavorful beneful. now in a convenient bag.
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the president has demonstrated a commitment to transparency and openness that is greater than any administration has shown in the past. >> we have an administration that is claiming a lot of credit for its transparency policies. but on the other hand, the policies haven't left us with a truly more transparent government. >> this is not a president who has been transparent. all the facts show he is less transparent than his predecessor.
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>> bret: before the break, we asked you which president had or has the most transparent white house. ronald reagan won with 62% in this unscientific poll. there was the iran contra scandal, of course, back then. every administration has issues with transparency. what about this one? they're talking about it. we're back with the panel. charles, the president was scheduled to accept an award today for transparency in government. it got postponed today. but one of the georgia washington university research -- george washington university researchers honoring the president said only 49 of 90 federal agencies are meeting their targets when it comes to transparency. >> i think that award on transparency would have been the domestic equivalent of the nobel he had for peace after having done so little nobody could see it except the gentleman on the nobel committee. look, i'm not terribly agitated with a lack of
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transparency. every administration, tries to hide what is embarrassing and show everything else. but from what i read, of the agencies of the government have been fairly responsive. we have just heard a complaint from an organization on the left. so i think it's left and right who complain about the lack of responsiveness they have been resultive in some area. in one area, i think they've been too responsive. for example, revealing how many the seize of our nuclear arsenal -- size of the nuclear arsenal. i'm not sure we want everyone to know that. jeply speaking, the bottle next has come from the agency and bureaucracy and not from any -- heat on high. i only chide them for what carney said the usual hypocrisy of pumping themselves up and saying how
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they have been the best in the history of the planet. >> there are different ways to look at transparency. he has got an lot of criticism with the civil rights people. he's invoked state secrets more than the bush administration did. thing he is criticize in the campaign like nsa wiretapping or interrogation, which he called as president to invoke the state secret to block cases. there were cases in the u.k. where one of the citizens said he was tortureed by the u.s. and they wanted to reveal some of that information and our government told them if you do, we will cut off sharing intelligence with you. it's hard to argue you are being transparent when you do those things. they also have been more aggressive than the bush administration going after whistle blowers. the "new york times" said even the most aggressive of any president including nixon. so these are areas where this
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is how information does get out. they really have blocked it. >> bret: it goes beyond the freedom of information requests. there is also criticism that they have meetings in jackson place, across from the white house with lobbyists because of the proximity. you don't have to get on the secret service logs for going in the white house, a story about that a couple weeks ago. >> that was just about space, right? they just needed a place to meet and they couldn't have it in the west wing. that's silly. insulting explanations. surprised to hear that charles is squishy on this. [ laughter ] this is an administration that is not living up to the own standards. as charles notes, the president said this. not only said this, but said it in awe stentatious way in the first week in office. i will be the most transparent administration, i want the most transparent administration in history and he plainly hasn't done that when he has sunlight group complaining about it and the numbers don't add up. we test this in the weekly standard in the first week of
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the administration. we asked for the numbers on guantanamo bay recidivists. they wouldn't provide them. bush administration had provided them. this went on for two years and the administration wouldn't even give us the numbers about how many recidivists there had been. the only reason they provided the information is because the republics actually wrote it in to law. so they're not more transparent they're less transparent. >> bret: that is it for the panel. but stay tuned for example of taking advantage of technical glitches.
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but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.75% at, where customers save an average of $293 a month. callending tree at... today. >> bret: finally tonight, one of our capitol hill producers john brant was at an event today. he had the opportunity to ask house speaker boehner a question. well, brant chose to ask about the split in the republican caucus on the continuing resolution vote and, well, here's what happened. >> negotiations over continuing resolution for the rest of the year seem to be getting more -- as more and more members are voting against these resolutions [squelch] >> we didn't


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